<B>UW's Clare Rustad Plays in Under-19 World Cup</B>
Aug. 16, 2002
EDMONTON, Alberta - University of Washington sophomore Clare Rustad has been selected to the 18-player Canadian National Team for the inaugural FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championships which will take place from August 17 - September 1 in Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.
The tournament will consist of 12 teams divided into three groups. The top two teams from each group and the best two third-place finishers will advance to the quarterfinals.
Canada's first game of the tournament will be Sunday, August 18th at 4:00 p.m. MT against Denmark at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium. Nigeria and Denmark, who round out Group A, will play in the second game of the doubleheader at 6:15 p.m. MT. All of the Canadian national's games will be played in Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium.
With 16 caps to her credit, Rustad is one of 10 members of the 18-player squad have had caps with the Women's World Cup Team. She played five games for Canada's senior women's team in both 2000 and 2001 and has seen action with the full National Team on six occasions during 2002.
If Canada advances into the finals, Rustad will miss the Huskies' season opening game on Aug. 30 against Arkansas. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.
Rustad played 17 games for Washington last season, including 10 starts. She tallied two goals and two assists and was named to the Husky/Nike Invitational all-tournament team on Sept. 22.
The Canadian under-19 team, under head coach Ian Bridge, has been training in Edmonton and had an extensive preparation tour across Canada with games against Mexico, Italy, Chinese Taipei and Brazil.
Canada won all nine of its preparation games with three wins over Italy in Mexico respectively and a two game sweep of Chinese Taipei in Victoria and Vancouver. Canada has outscored their opponents 49-5 in the eight games, including a 2-0 decision over Brazil in its last outing.